Listener Crossword 4176: Solution Notes

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Small but Perfectly Formed by Quinapalus

Puzzle explanation

Edmund’s speech at the start of Act 1, scene 2 of King Lear includes:

Why bastard? wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam’s issue?

Letters omitted from Width answers gave “my shape as true”. “My dimensions are as well compact” and LEAR were to be highlighted, running along the edges of the 3-dimensional grid.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
WIDTH
30 (M)ONTHLY HOLY * around NT
16 H(Y)ACINE (IN EACH) *
3 NARROW(S) NOW around ARR
28 C(H)ESTED C’EST + ED
13 MUSTEL(A) MUST + (DOLCE DO C) <
23 ATRO(P)IA I in AORTA <
15 R(E)CR(E)ANT RC + RANT
20 INDEX(A)L (LX + I) < around END *
10 A(S)TATKI ((d)IKTAT A(lternative)) <
17 (T)RIM(T)ABS RIBS around (M(id-passage) A(djustment))
22 CAESA(R)S CAESURAS UR
24 ERAST(U)S (A + ’S + REST) *
34 PORTI(È)R(E) TRIP * around OR
HEIGHT AND DEPTH
1, 2 BANKNOTES BAN + TOKENS *
6, 19 SARABANDE S + À + BAR * + DANCE * C
7, 20 INTRICATE (EXTRACT + N(egative) + I with I for X) *
8, 13 STAMMERER ’S + ((f)RAME + T(roublesom)E + MR) *
11, 4 STAR-CROST (Archer)S + TRACTOR’S *
11, 21 SMALLSATS S + MALL + SATS
18, 5 IN COUNCIL (ON CLINIC + U(nion)) *
29, 26 HEARTH-TAX HEAR + THAT − A(sh-pan) + AX
31, 36 MARSEILLE (LA MER LIES) *
32, 27 FOR A START (OR in FAST) + ART
33, 25 RICARDIAN DOCTRINARIAN * = (NOT + RICARDIAN) *
35, 14 AEROLITHS (EARTH + SOIL) *
37, 9 CORNETIST NET in ((s)COR(e) + IS + T(ricky))
38, 12 ASSERTION AS + TRÈS < + I + ON
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